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Strike the Right Balance

When you were a kid, did you and your friends ever challenge each other to see who could walk on the edge of the curb for the longest distance? You didn't exactly call it exercise -- but that's what you were doing.

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This kind of exercise -- called balance training -- may have helped us outgrow our youthful clumsiness, but today's top athletes recognize that a strong sense of balance enables them perform better and longer.

"You don't have to be a world-class athlete to add balance training to your workouts," Brent Holten says. "A lot of i.d. gym's group-fitness classes can help you improve your balance, and there are plenty of simple exercises that you can do on your own to, well, strike the right balance."

A lot of you may wonder why you should concern yourselves with balance, since you're more focused on getting stronger, toner and leaner. Besides, you're not aiming to be a world-class gymnast or skier. 

But balance should be important to all of us: By training to develop greater balance, you will improve your coordination, athletic skill and posture. This, in turn, will result in fewer injuries and greater stability as you age gracefully.

Read on for some tips and tricks that you can follow to strike the right balance!

we've got classes for that

The i.d. gym group-fitness schedule is full of classes that are designed to help you improve your balance. Get a rundown of these classes so that you can find the option that's right for you and your goals.

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DIY workouts

If you want to build your balance -- but group-fitness classes aren't quite your scene -- there are a lot of do-it-yourself workouts that you can do to help get the same great results.

Read on.

… and now a few words on that other type of balance

This is where the i.d. team gets up on its soap box. With balance as the theme of this edition of "i.d. news," we want to take the opportunity to preach on the importance of following a well-balanced workout routine.

Read on.